Ohio County Planning Waterline Replacement

Ohio County commissioners Tuesday approved the spending of more than $550,000 to replace waterlines in the area of Stone and Shannon and Cherry Hill roads.

The line replacement consists of two separate projects, according to County Administrator Greg Stewart. The Stone and Shannon Road waterline replacement is expected to cost about $327,000, while the Cherry Hill Road work comes with a price of about $98,000.

After costs for engineering, easements, permits and legal work are added, the combined projects are expected to cost $552,500 total, Stewart said.

State Sen. Rocky Fitzsimmons, D-Ohio, appeared at the commission meeting to present Governor’s Community Participation Grants to three local agencies. Those receiving the awards were the August Levy Learning Center, for $2,000; Wellspring Family Services, for $4,000; and Youth Services Systems, for $5,000.

Commissioners approved a liquor license request for Sokolin, a wine wholesaler with an office in West Liberty University’s Highland’s Center at The Highlands. The business plans to offer wine tasting events at the location, according to Stewart. A similar request was granted to the Quaker Steak and Lube restaurant for its bike and truck night events at The Highlands.

Commissioners voted to award hotel/motel tax grants the Veterans Day 10K race in Wheeling for $5,000; the Great Strides Walk for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, $1,000; and the Wheeling Wine and Jazz Festival, $1,000.